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Today at the State House:
House: Convenes at 12:00PM
A House committee will consider a Taxpayer Bill of Rights measure, known as TABOR, that would restrict state spending. Its hugely controversial and produced varied results. Other legislative committees will consider trimming environmental regulations and altering rules governing midwifery. In the House, a bill about cancer drugs that split Republicans faces another vote, as does the LEED certification bill.
Senate: Convenes at 12:00PM
On the Senate floor, lawmakers will hear a bill to prevent undercover whistleblower operations at farms and processing plants
05/11/2013 9:00 am
05/11/2013 10:15 am
NC Senator Ellie Kinnaird will join the Democrats' Breakfast Group on Saturday, May 11, at 9am at the Village Diner in Hillsborough.
Hear first-hand about the state of affairs in Raleigh, ask questions about the fate of democracy in NC, and find out what you can do to support our Senator as she works so diligently to promote our issues and values.
Feel free to bring a friend.
Please note that we need to begin at 9am as Sen. Kinnaird will need to leave promptly at 10am.
PS: No requirement to purchase breakfast to attend. Please come.
05/16/2013 7:00 pm
05/16/2013 9:00 pm
Please join the Orange County Democratic Women for our 2013 Annual Meeting in the OWASA Community Room in Carrboro.
We will hear from members of our stellar delegation from the NC Legislature: Senator Ellie Kinnaird and Representatives Verla Insko, Valerie Foushee and Deb McManus.
They will report on the difficulties and outrages that are occurring everyday in our state government.
PLEASE COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THEIR EFFORTS ON OUR BEHALF!
Refreshments will be served. We look forward to sharing the evening together!
*PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING IS ONE WEEK EARLIER THAN USUAL BECAUSE OF THE UPCOMING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND.
RALEIGH, NC—As North Carolinians join today to reflect on the hard work and dedication put forth by our teachers, Republicans in Raleigh are celebrating National Teacher Day with their much-anticipated crusade to privatize public education in North Carolina. Their Trojan Horse, S.B. 337, will come to the floor today as Phil Berger and Senate Republicans seek to upend accountability and educator standards for North Carolina’s charter schools.
The legislation, as stands, would simultaneously take funding and facility-space from public schools, end requirements to offer busing, or free or reduced-price lunch, which would disenfranchise children from low-income families. S.B. 337 also eliminates key requirements for Charter school teachers to have college degrees or teaching certificates and eliminate requirements for educators to have background checks.
“Once again, Republicans in Raleigh are doing the bidding of ALEC and special interests instead of standing up and treating our teachers like the professionals they are,” remarked Micah Beasley, a spokesman for North Carolina Democratic Party, “North Carolinians want their teachers qualified and their children safe during the school day, Phil Berger and Senate Republicans are flying in the face of those needs. This is all a part of Republican efforts to upend public education for our state through bait and switch tactics. The Greeks did not bring down Troy on the field of battle they used a ‘Trojan Horse’ to deceive Troy's people.”
Republicans seeks to end North Carolina’s long-standing commitment to public education
· General Assembly Republicans answer ALEC’s calls for private school vouchersA handful of measures sponsored by North Carolina lawmakers this session include language identical to ALEC’s template legislation. At least two dozen more bills match the organization’s priorities and intent, if not its exact language – everything from requiring voter ID at the polls and allowing private school vouchers to repealing the federal health care law and prioritizing energy exploration. [5/6/13]
· North Carolina ranks 48th in per student spending, teacher salaryNorth Carolina's per pupil spending for the 2012-13 school year is estimated at $8,433 with only Texas, Utah and Arizona spending less per student. The U.S. average is $11,068.The state also ranks No. 48 in teacher salary among the 50 states and District of Columbia in the current school year, paying an average $45,947. Only Oklahoma, Mississippi and South Dakota pay less. The U.S. average is $56,383. [2/28/13]
· Republican legislation would divert public tax dollars to subsidize up to 90 percent of the cost of private educationUnder the legislation, $90 million in state taxpayer money would be set aside over the next two years to pay up to 90 percent of the cost of private school. The average amount would be $3,900, meaning about 13,000 students a year – about 1 percent of public school enrollment statewide – could be served. [4/15/13]
· N.C. Senate seeks to end teacher tenureTenure would be eliminated for North Carolina public school teachers in five years, under legislation approved Wednesday by the Senate Education Committee.S.B. 361 has the backing of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and is expected to win approval in the full Senate. [4/10/13]
The Raleigh Report ~ From the Office of Representative Verla Insko
We are fast approaching the May 16 cross-over deadline where public bills that don’t affect the budget must pass in their chamber of origin or die. That date also signals the beginning of the end of the long session that usually adjourns near the middle of July.
Even though many bills have now passed in their chamber of origin, only about 40 public bills have passed in both chambers and been signed by the Governor. That will soon change. After the May 16 crossover, each chamber will work on bills that are half way home. During this post crossover period, many more bills will be signed into law. That includes, of course, the budget - the most important bill passed in every session.